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The Good Parents [Reading] ➺ The Good Parents By Joan London – Thomashillier.co.uk Maya de Jong, an eighteen year old country girl from the West, comes to live in Melbourne and starts an affair with her boss, the enigmatic Maynard Flynn, whose wife is dying of cancer When Maya s par Maya de Jong, an eighteen year old country girl from the West, comes to live in Melbourne and starts an affair with her boss, the enigmatic Maynard Flynn, whose wife is dying of cancer When Maya s parents, Toni and Jacob, arrive to stay with her, they are told by her housemate that Maya has gone away and no one knows where she is As Toni and Jacob wait and search for Maya in Melbourne, everything in their lives is brought The Good Kindle - into question They recall the yearning and dreams, the betrayals and choices of their pasts choices with unexpected and irrevocable consequences With Maya s disappearance, the lives of all those close to her come into focus, to reveal the complexity of the ties that bind us to one another, to parents, children, siblings, friends and lovers Pacy and enthralling, The Good Parents is at once a vision of contemporary Australia and a story as old as fairytales that of a runaway girl.

  • Paperback
  • 351 pages
  • The Good Parents
  • Joan London
  • English
  • 10 December 2019
  • 1741667933

About the Author: Joan London

Joan London is an Australian author of short stories, screenplays and novelsShe graduated from the University of Western Australia having studied English and French, has taught English as a second language and is a bookseller She lives in Fremantle, Western Australia, with her husband GeoffJoan London was the youngest of four sisters A baby boomer, she and her husband, Geoff, did the mandatory trip across Asia and were very attracted to the internal revolution that involved dropping out of society and The Good Kindle - making a new utopia in the country We were very idealistic about it and had several attempts at it Once we were with a couple who broke up, so that all collapsed Another time we bought some land with a group of people, but we all fell out about what we wanted to do We never builtthan a shed on the land, then we had to sell it For about a year, they lived in a little cottage in the country, pursuing the simple life Their first child was born there, and Geoff, an architect, became a trainee potter But we hated it You have to have practical skills, the right nature, a lot of resources You have to really enjoy growing things and be able to fix things All the skills I haven t got and neither has my husband We had to find out the hard way The Age April .



10 thoughts on “The Good Parents

  1. Marvin Marvin says:

    This is a good novel set in Australia In the first, long chapter, a young woman 18 years old moves from her rural home to Melbourne We re introduced to her life there, but at the end of the chapter, just as her parents are arriving to visit her, she disappears from Melbourne and, mostly, from the novel The rest of the novel shifts around in time and focus, shedding light on both parents individually together , their son, their neighbors, their daughter s housemate, and the father s sis This is a good novel set in Australia In the first, long chapter, a young woman 18 years old moves from her rural home to Melbourne We re introduced to her life there, but at the end of the chapter, just as her parents are arriving to visit her, she disappears from Melbourne and, mostly, from the novel The rest of the novel shifts around in time and focus, shedding light on both parents individually together , their son, their neighbors, their daughter s housemate, and the father s sister Somehow this apparent jumble seems to fit together pretty seamlessly, at least partly because the characters are so vividly drawn There s not enough action to satisfy many readers, I m sure, and I m not really sure what it s about perhaps dis illusionment in a positive as well as a negative sense The parents are aging hippies trying to come to grips with whether the rather mundane family life they have ended up living was the good life they started out together being committed to and all of the other characters, too, in different ways, seem to be struggling to discover what makes a good life One of those books that may be better for the reflections it stimulates than as an actual reading experience

  2. Tracy Tracy says:

    This was a fabulous book Maya, the daughter of the good parents is well, she s frankly annoying and unsympathetic and almost pointless, but fortunately while the book starts off with her, it revolves around the rest of the family her parents, her brother, her aunt And THEY are all wonderful, rich characters that I loved, particularly the complexity of the parents lives It speaks to the idea that a parent s life may be their child NOW to a large extent, but it wasn t always and they real This was a fabulous book Maya, the daughter of the good parents is well, she s frankly annoying and unsympathetic and almost pointless, but fortunately while the book starts off with her, it revolves around the rest of the family her parents, her brother, her aunt And THEY are all wonderful, rich characters that I loved, particularly the complexity of the parents lives It speaks to the idea that a parent s life may be their child NOW to a large extent, but it wasn t always and they really have lives and pasts and passions and still do The way it layered with Maya being unable to relate to her parents although to be honest, their relationship is never clear, you get the impression they go from close knit to her cutting all ties for absolutely no reason, part of my being annoyed by her because, in a sense, she feels like their lives are too simple to layering that with the rich and complicated pasts of the parents to the parents themselves being unable to relate to their own mothers fathers because of a perceived simplicity It s fabulous

  3. Katherine Howell Katherine Howell says:

    Loved this Couldn t wait to get back into the story, thought about it while I was doing other things, and felt so much for all these characters London s descriptions of those odd feelings we have at odd moments are perfect.

  4. Melissa Melissa says:

    I admit did not get through this book I made it about 1 2 way and skimmed a bunch of that I just have too many other good books on my list to spend my quality Wisconsin reading time trudging through a book that is both poorly developed and seemingly not well written This book was filled with too many side plots, too many characters and too many distractions to be a good novel I would skip it Now if any of my fine friends has read or is reading it and thinks I am wrong let me know and I I admit did not get through this book I made it about 1 2 way and skimmed a bunch of that I just have too many other good books on my list to spend my quality Wisconsin reading time trudging through a book that is both poorly developed and seemingly not well written This book was filled with too many side plots, too many characters and too many distractions to be a good novel I would skip it Now if any of my fine friends has read or is reading it and thinks I am wrong let me know and I will give it another shot

  5. Aaronlisa Aaronlisa says:

    This was not an easy novel to read At times, I seriously considered putting it down and moving onto to another novel The writing is superb and the tale that it tells is interesting if at times slightly uncomfortable It s the tale about a young woman who disappears leaving her parents and family to sort out who and what they are It certainly made me think about identity and who we truly are and who we show the world we are, including those who are supposedly the closest to us.

  6. Story❤ Story❤ says:

    Meandering but ultimately a very satisfying read.

  7. Kate Kate says:

    I m going to start with the ending of Joan London s The Good Parents I loathed it, which is a shame because up until page 327 of the 349 page book , I was enjoying the story.It s rare that an ending derails my reading experience I ve read loads of books that have finished in a way that I didn t like but you re in the hands of the author, trusting them to steer you to an appropriate conclusion I assumed I was in safe hands with Joan London and 327 pages of reading confirmed that And then, as I m going to start with the ending of Joan London s The Good Parents I loathed it, which is a shame because up until page 327 of the 349 page book , I was enjoying the story.It s rare that an ending derails my reading experience I ve read loads of books that have finished in a way that I didn t like but you re in the hands of the author, trusting them to steer you to an appropriate conclusion I assumed I was in safe hands with Joan London and 327 pages of reading confirmed that And then, as the end of the story drew near, a plot point made me say Pfft It was as if London decided she couldn t wait to be done with The Good Parents and so, after creating such vivid characters, the way things went were decidedly lack lustre.The story starts with 18 year old Maya, a naive girl from rural Western Australia, who has found a job as a secretary in Melbourne She begins an affair with her much older boss, Maynard, whose wife has cancer Maynard s business dealings are vague and when his wife dies, he closes the office and leaves Melbourne, taking Maya with him Meanwhile, Maya s parents the beautiful Toni and idealistic Jacob arrive to visit Maya, only to find her gone.Much of The Good Parents is dominated by Toni and Jacob s back stories, and sub plots which focus on relationships deemed unsuitable a girl with a guy from the wrong side of the tracks a relationship where religion is a barrier a girl with a much older man a mother involved in an online affair London creates some excellent characters notably Jacob s sister, Kitty, and Maya s brother, Magnus , which make these otherwise familiar stories interesting However, there s an unevenness to this book For each character that is beautifully developed, there s one that is lightweight and poorly anchored to the story Maya s roommate, Cecile, and Maynard s son, Andrew.I like London s writing, although this book lacked the delicacy and wry humour of A Golden Age There are hints of London s lovely light touch, particularly in the section where Kitty goes to look after Magnus the descriptions of Magnus s mixed tapes which he calls living sounds are wonderful Also good are some of Toni s adolescent scenesHe had chosen exactly the right moment to secure her, when she was at the peak of her contentment and fascination Yet someone, a long forgotten maiden aunt perhaps, a voice in her blood, was always whispering in her ear that it was a dangerous luxury to relinquish yourself like this Yet the highs are few and far between and the ending left me annoyed.2.5 5

  8. Carolyn Carolyn says:

    I d read this before a few years back and couldn t remember it at all, which says something I suppose But I so enjoyed London s last novel The Golden Age that I wanted to revisit this one I found a lot of pleasures in it and of course rememberedas I went along It is essentially a novel about what it means to be good There are many examples of people trying to be good particularly Jacob and his partner Toni They are a couple from the 60s who tried commune life in the south west of I d read this before a few years back and couldn t remember it at all, which says something I suppose But I so enjoyed London s last novel The Golden Age that I wanted to revisit this one I found a lot of pleasures in it and of course rememberedas I went along It is essentially a novel about what it means to be good There are many examples of people trying to be good particularly Jacob and his partner Toni They are a couple from the 60s who tried commune life in the south west of Western Australia but ended up living in a small town in the WA wheat belt where Jacob taught English at high school and Toni devoted herself principally to bringing up her two children, Maya and Magnus.But before Toni ran away with Jacob to the commune she had been married to the ambitious and shady character, Cy Fisher, a Perth businessman who showed her a hedonistic life with an edge of danger and criminality Cy reappears later in the novel in an unexpected role The novel begins with the daughter Maya running away with her recently widowed boss, Maynard This element is rather unconvincing, especially as she is expecting her parents to visit her in Melbourne Left to their own devices in Melbourne, Jacob and Toni are forced into new understandings of their relationship to each other and to their children Other interesting characters who are also good are Jacob s sister, Kitty, and his neighbour Carlos, who epitomises the simple honest life of the working man, whereas Jacob isthe dreamy intellectual Overall, this was an uneven work but had much to appreciate especially as the novel progressed I m glad I returned to it

  9. Tien Tien says:

    I m afraid that I just can t do this book justice there are just some things ideals moral codes whatever you d like to call it that are ingrained in me and somehow, whilst listening to this audiobook, when they are crossed, I feel really annoyed I m not usually like this Maybe this speaks louder than any other descriptions I could expound of the essence of the book I feel like Jason who does not feature very much in the book but I wish he had a brethren ie living apart from the I m afraid that I just can t do this book justice there are just some things ideals moral codes whatever you d like to call it that are ingrained in me and somehow, whilst listening to this audiobook, when they are crossed, I feel really annoyed I m not usually like this Maybe this speaks louder than any other descriptions I could expound of the essence of the book I feel like Jason who does not feature very much in the book but I wish he had a brethren ie living apart from the worldlies.Maya was carried away in a current she went away with her boss lover when his wife just passed away due to cancer She told no one except her flat mate via voicemail while her flatmate, Cecil, was overseas that she ll be away for a few days No one knows where she is but her parents were arriving to see her in a few days.Jacob Toni arrived in Melbourne and was astounded that Maya has disappeared The story unfolds weaves their web around Jacob Toni The beginning of it all, as Toni believes, was the one night she met Si Fisher, her husband.A very complex novel around relationships, emotions, humanities in our contemporary Aussie setting

  10. Fredsky Fredsky says:

    I wanted to love this book after Gilgamesh , but I didn t Quite During the first bunch of pages, the point of view shifted from one character to another so often I completely lost track of who these people were Finally I decided to make a chart But then I just calmed down and read It is not Ms London s fault that my brain is turning into a sieve A young woman disappears just when her parents are about to visit Maya, the missing one, seems to be the central character The plot ostensibly I wanted to love this book after Gilgamesh , but I didn t Quite During the first bunch of pages, the point of view shifted from one character to another so often I completely lost track of who these people were Finally I decided to make a chart But then I just calmed down and read It is not Ms London s fault that my brain is turning into a sieve A young woman disappears just when her parents are about to visit Maya, the missing one, seems to be the central character The plot ostensibly revolves around her, as her parents sluggishly look for her But Maya is a voice on the phone to her little brother, if even that she is practically catatonic The lives of the parents take over the book I enjoyed it, but not enough I wantfocus, please

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